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Car Seat Safety Check Tomorrow

Car Seat Safety Check Tomorrow

Join News10's Melissa Crowley, Au Pair Care, Mercedes-Benz of Rocklin and the California Highway Patrol for News10's 6th annual Car Seat Safety Check!

Did you know that 90% of car seats are improperly installed?  With the wet weather right around the corner, we want to make sure your family is safe this winter season.

No apppointment necessary! 

Just simply show up with your child and the car seat and a certified tech will inspect your car seat to make sure you are ready for the winter.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 19th

WHERE: Mercedes-Benz of Rocklin, 4747 Granite Drive, Rocklin, Ca  95677

Car-safety group: Half of child booster seats pose risks

Car-safety group: Half of child booster seats pose risks

Half of children's car booster seats can't ensure a proper fit with all safety belts, an insurance industry-funded safety group says in a report out today.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said six were so bad that it recommended parents avoid them.

Booster seats, which are recommended for children who have outgrown forward-facing child seats, are designed to raise kids up so adult-size safety belts fit properly.

"Not all boosters are doing that well," says Anne McCartt, the institute's research chief.

Children ages 4-8 in booster seats are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash than those using only seat belts.

Booster seats were rated based on how well they fit the roughly 20 million 4- to 8-year-olds with the lap and shoulder belts in a wide range of vehicles.

IIHS says its ratings are important because it's impossible to tell which booster seats are better just by comparing prices or features.

Flame retardant might join state list of carcinogens

By Susanne Rust

State officials will decide tomorrow whether to add a widely used flame retardant to the state's list of cancer-causing chemicals.

The chemical, chlorinated Tris, was removed from children's pajamas in 1977 over fears that it could cause cancer. It is now the nation's most commonly used flame retardant in furniture foam and baby products.

Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Consumer Product Safety Commission have declared the chemical carcinogenic.

"Flame retardants like Tris leach out of furniture and end up in the dust in our homes," said Arlene Blum, a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and one of the scientists whose toxicology research in the 1970s got the chemical removed from kids' pajamas.

"We unknowingly inhale and ingest Tris into our bodies," said Blum, who also leads the Green Science Policy Institute, an environmental group based in Berkeley.

Could BPA predispose girls to breast cancer?

A new study suggests that early exposure to a chemical found in hard, clear plastics and the linings of cans may cause changes in breast tissue, predisposing laboratory animals to breast cancer.

The study, released Monday in the journal Molecular Endocrinology, adds to a growing body of evidence showing that small amounts of the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, can cause irreparable damage to developing animals.

PHOTOS: SCIENCE GUY: Egg drop trick: Law of Inertia

SACRAMENTO, CA - Science Guy Steve Spangler and News10's Dan Elliott look at what eggs, a tray, glasses of water and other household items have to do with the law of inertia.